Game Description: Play chess against the computer.

How to Play ZnemChess:

  • You have the White pieces at the bottom. White moves first.
  • The computer has the Black pieces.
  • To begin your turn, click on the square of the chess piece you want to move. (Do not click on the piece itself, or nothing will happen. Click on it's square).
  • Once you click on a square of any White chess piece, the board will light up. The square that you clicked will light up and all of the possible squares to where the piece may be moved will also light up showing an orange border around them. (If you click on the square of one of your White pieces that is ineligible to move only it's square will light up. No other squares will light up. That is, no squares with an orange border will light up because the piece has nowhere to move).
  • If you change your mind you may click on a different chess square. Otherwise, complete your turn by clicking on any lighted square that has an orange border. (If a chess piece occupies the square to which you want to move, do not click on the chess piece itself because nothing will happen. Click on it's square).
  • You and the computer take turns until someone wins, or the game ends in a draw.
  • Standard chess rules apply. However, ZnemChess does not recognize the en passant capture by a pawn.
  • ZnemChess does allow you to castle but only on the King's side. It does not seem to recognize castling on the Queen's side. Also, when you click on the King's square to castle on the King's side, the actual space to which the King will move in castling does not light up. Instead the Rook's square lights up. To complete the castling move on the King's side, click on the Rook's square and the King will move to the square next to the rook's square as it should.

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Please Note: Before playing ZnemChess in Full Screen mode, you may want to take a moment, or two, to read my review. Then, after playing your game, simply click the back button on your browser to return to this page.

ZnemChess Playing Tips:
  • ZnemChess can move it's pieces very quickly. So quickly, in fact, you sometimes may not be able to see the piece move. So, to verify that ZnemChess has actually made it's move and it is your turn again, click on the square of one of your White chess pieces. If the board lights up, you will know it is your turn to move again.

Richard's Rating: 3 out of 5.

Pro: ZnemChess is a fun chess game to play. It is smart enough to recognize and capitalize on a major blunder.

Con: ZnemChess is rather easy to beat. Too easy in my opinion. The game has absolutely no sound at all. And it would have been nice if the game displayed each players' moves in a side panel and also displayed the captured pieces like Flash Chess 3 does.

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